Kevin Spacey testified in Manhattan federal court Monday that he’s not “a fraud” for not coming out as gay earlier in life, saying he grew up in a “complicated family dynamic” — with a father who was a white supremacist and neo-Nazi.
“I have never talked about these things publicly,” the Oscar-winning actor said on the stand. “My father was a white supremacist and a neo-Nazi. My father used to yell at me about the idea I might be gay.
“He would scream at me: ‘Don’t be a,’ he would use an F-word that was very derogatory to the gay community. I won’t use it here in court.”
Spacey, 63, took the stand in the $40 million civil trial, where he faces sex abuse allegations from 50-year-old actor Anthony Rapp, who claims Spacey tried to seduce him when he was just 14 years old.
“They are not true,” Spacey told the jury of Rapp’s allegations.
The “American Beauty” star also denounced Rapp’s claims that he was “a fraud” for not coming out as gay sooner.
“To call someone a fraud is to guess, say they are living a lie,” Spacey said under questioning by his attorney, Chase Scolnick. “I wasn’t living a lie. I was just reluctant to talk about my personal life.
“I don’t know on what basis he was saying I was a fraud,” he continued, referring to Rapp. “It’s clear he was angry I wasn’t out. We have to respect it’s a very difficult process.”
Rapp claimed in the lawsuit that the “House of Cards” actor, then 26, touched his buttocks, lifted him into a bed and laid on top of him after a party in 1986.
Rapp said he was so traumatized by the experience that he later found it difficult to watch some of Spacey’s saucier movie roles, including as a dissatisfied husband who seduces a teenage cheerleader in 1999’s “American Beauty.”
In addition to the civil suit, Spacey is facing criminal charges in London, where he is accused of abusing several men while working as an artistic director at a local theater between 2005 and 2013.
He pleaded not guilty to those charges in July and is scheduled for trial next year.